Monday, March 18, 2013

Drunken Irish Man Cupcakes



Another St. patrick's Day has come and gone. Just like in previous years, there were plenty of Irish themed desserts to indulge in during the typical Irish drinking festivities. This year, I couldn't decide which alcoholic beverage to lace my baked goods with, so in true Irish fashion, I chose to incorporate ALL of them! Guinness, Bailey's, Jameson and a little creme de menthe for a touch of green...these Drunken Irish Man cupcakes are a lucky score for every sweet tooth.

For the Guinness & Bailey's chocolate cupcakes:
1/2 cup stout (Guinness)
1/2 cup Bailey's Irish Creme
1 shot Jameson Irish Whiskey
2 sticks unsalted butter (room temp)
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1½ tsp. baking soda
¾ tsp. salt
2 large eggs
2/3 cup sour cream

For the creme de menthe buttercream frosting:
1 stick unsalted butter (room temp)
3-4 cups confectioners’ sugar
6-8 tbsp. Creme de Menthe

Directions:
-Preheat oven to 350*
-In a large saucepan on medium heat, combine butter, stout and Bailey's. Cook until slightly bubbling. 
-Add the cocoa powder and whisk until smooth. remove from heat and allow to cool slightly
-In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda and salt
-In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat eggs and sour cream
-Add the stout/butter mixture and beat just to combine
-Add in a shot of Irish whiskey
-Add in the dry ingredients and beat on low speed until combined
-Divide batter among cupcake liners
-Bake for 13-15 minutes 
-Remove from oven and allow to cool about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

To make the frosting:
-Beat butter on low speed until smooth
-Add in the confectioner's sugar slowly
-Add creme de menthe and beat until combined

Decor:
-Place frosting in a piping bag and pipe on to cooled cupcakes
-Adorn with sprinkles





Friday, March 8, 2013

Blessed



As a moody cancerian water sign, I have a tendency to get things done by the power of my emotional commitment to a cause. Being overly sensitive can often make it hard to find an emotional balance when dealing with conflict. 

Recently, I’ve taken on a new position and it’s thrown me into the middle of complete disarray. A daily whirlwind of disagreements and organizational insanity leaves my blood boiling as I fight to convince others of my beliefs. 
“In the middle of my little mess, I forgot how much I’m blessed.”

This quote is a perfect reminder to always see the good hidden amongst the bad. Although on the outside my life may seem like a mess, in my heart I know I couldn’t be more blessed at the moment. I’m exactly where I need and want to be at this stage of the game. 


Monday, March 4, 2013

Staying Strong



It’s tough being a young woman in the professional world. As you pursue your dreams, you always have to be careful of who you’re doing business with. Some people will try to make you, while others will try their best to break you. Most often, it’s difficult to tell the difference between the two. 

In my new position, I’m finding it difficult to be taken seriously and have been receiving a lot of push back from people I work with. I’ll be the first to admit that I have a lot working against me; I’m the new girl, I’m young, and inexperienced. But there are a few things about me that people seem to be underestimating; I’m smart, confident,  determined, I don’t take any bullshit and I get things done. That to me is a powerful combination and can often be construed as threatening. 

I’ve learned from experience that power struggles in the workplace often stem from one root; the desire to feel needed. Everyone wants to feel like their actions are the essential key to running a successful operation. It’s threatening when a new person comes into the mix and starts changing how you do business. It’s natural to want to suit up for battle and start defending your territory. 

The best way to cope with these situations is to not take it personal. Be so busy believing in yourself and following your intuition that you don’t have time to worry about others and their negative thoughts. “I can’t tell you the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.” Ed Sheeran  There is always going to be someone that will try to break you down and make you feel inferior to them. Forget about it. The only person you need to compete with in life is yourself. “I don’t believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be.” Ken Venturi.  




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